The following obituary for John Crawford Wilson appeared in the Times newspaper.
|Obituary in the Times newspaper
|8 July 1885
|We have to announce the sudden death of Rear-Admiral John Crawford Wilson, Admiral Superintendent of Devonport Dockyard, which took place at Brighton on Saturday evening. He left Devonport a few days ago on leave of absence extending over a short period. He commanded the Thunderer, and was in the engine-room at her trial on the Maplin Sands when the boiler burst, and he was so injured that at first his life was despaired of. Her Majesty, in view of the circumstances, granted to the then Captain Wilson arid his wife apartments in Hampton Court Palace for their life. The Admiralty, on Captain Wilson becoming convalescent, appointed him as Commodore on the Australian station, and in this position he did good service in putting down the Polynesian slave trade. Returning to England and becoming Rear-Admiral, he soon found employment as second in command of the Channel Fleet, and last February he was chosen as Rear-Admiral Curme's successor in command of Devonport Dockyard.